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Fall colors at least around me in north central Ohio are not what they have been in years past. The most noticeable difference I see is in the sugar maples as most of mine have lost their leaves already and are now dropping the seed (twirly) pods. Also seeing the heaviest mast crop I have seen in many years. I am acutely aware as I have to use the leaf blower to clean the drive way about every other day. Not a good day for pics but I try to post a couple taken today and some from last year. I know it is early for peak colors but I'll be on vacation next week when they are at the peak,

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Top photo is today, above is last year. What is happening to the maple trees? Are any of you noticing the same?
 

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Southern KY! I've got a lot of naked trees already. Some dropped a bunch of green leaves.
 

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Not much color in lower michigan either,, leaves starting to fall . We haven't had a frost yet either, that might have something to do with killing off leaves and producing color.
 

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Fall colors at least around me in north central Ohio are not what they have been in years past........
In SW Ohio, our leaves are quite what they usually are. Of course, we are still in the middle of the month. I remember as a kid at Halloween that we'd be shuffling through the leaves in people's yards. Not much on the ground right now.

Love the "Blystone for Governor" sign on the fence! Starting to see quite a few of them around here as well.
 

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In South Dakota we don't have much for colors but is looking like mud puddles. Last weekend we had 2.12" of rain and last night thru noonish today we have had an additional 2.42" today. That is more than we had all summer. In the Black Hills they got as much as 18" of snow -- wet snow. We will take it.

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The colors here are nothing like years past. Some trees have dropped leaves already, very little color. Like the OP said, last year was much better, here is some from the golf course last year.

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Alot of ours leaves have gone here in central WI already too & we havnt had our first frost yet. Our big basswood in the front was losing its leaves in the middle of Sept already.
 

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Very little color in Northern Indiana. Tons of walnuts and hickory nuts. Trees losing leaves. And more rain and humidity than I have ever seen in October and I have been around here for a LONG time.
 

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There is some color here in Tennessee, but they are not that vibrant yet. I am hoping it will improve over the next month. Doesn’t the amount of rain or lack there of effect fall colors?
 

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Same here. Some trees are dropping leaves already. Bumper crop of Walnuts. Not too much color though.
Here's a pic from last year - taken about Oct 25. My grandkids on the sidewalk, as we walked home

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There is some color here in Tennessee, but they are not that vibrant yet. I am hoping it will improve over the next month. Doesn’t the amount of rain or lack there of effect fall colors?
My understanding is that a normal to wet year with low temperature overnight temps above frost level will produce best leaf color.
Dry years or early freezes will not have the best colors.
 

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Top photo is today, above is last year. What is happening to the maple trees? Are any of you noticing the same?
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I'm further north of you I suspect, Northern North Central Ohio if you will (NOhio as I call it). I'm approx. 8 miles from the "lake". If you look on OSU Wooster's website, fungus & mold are basically at record levels this year. The farmer next door to me, we've discussed this quite a bit this season. Everything, all plants crops etc. have had record yields but have been attacked by mold & fungus. Literally, I've had branches break on my apple & pear trees because they are LOADED with huge yields. My Giant Marconi pepper plants have produced some beautiful peppers but.. As soon as I slice one open, seed cone (as I call it) will be black with mold. It's so frustrating as I've spent plenty on many different sprays etc. Maple trees are no exception, especially the Jap maple trees with the black mold they are subject too. I suspect from the yields etc., this winter might be interesting here in the buckeye.
 

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Massachusetts here. Peak Fall foliage color is about 10-14 days late this year but is now fairly spectacular.

Not my photo but this is the hairpin turn on Rt 2 in North Adams, MA. I can get onto Rt. 2 about 3 miles from my house and ride it out to Western, MA for ~ 100 miles give or take.

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Massachusetts here. Peak Fall foliage color is about 10-14 days late this year but is now fairly spectacular.

Not my photo but this is the hairpin turn on Rt 2 in North Adams, MA. I can get onto Rt. 2 about 3 miles from my house and ride it out to Western, MA for ~ 100 miles give or take.

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Nice. The photo I posted above is a location a mile up the road from my house in Southampton MA.

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Frank ,very pretty, that photo is what our leaves have looked like in the years past..So far our leaves are not very colorful. Seem like they are drying up on the trees.

I just hope they start to fall before we get a snow, if not I'm thinking a lot of people will be without power.
 

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Frank ,very pretty, that photo is what our leaves have looked like in the years past..So far our leaves are not very colorful. Seem like they are drying up on the trees.

I just hope they start to fall before we get a snow, if not I'm thinking a lot of people will be without power.
Gene. Yes, I agree. We’ve been through early snow storms where leaves were still on the trees and had a big clean up mess to deal with. In my case I have a load of birch trees on my property and they don’t like snow or ice as the branches are very brittle. The oaks and maples are fairly sturdy though.

Fingers crossed!!


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